Grandmother Waynonaha Two Worlds ~ Biography
For many years I walked my path until I walked myself to the center
of my own existence and had my back turned on Creator. All the beauty
and truth which I had discovered had come to me as a reflection of Creators
beauty, I had kept my eyes fixed on the reflection and was always looking
Creator brought me to a point, which I had no choice but to turn away
from the reflection of myself and of the earth, which could only mirror
my own self. In a short time, the mirror was broken, and I had felt
abandoned, because I could no longer gaze upon the image of my own reason
and the infinite world, which it knew.
Creator ask me to acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge
I have been reborn, a born again Indian. I am no longer the center of
my life and therefore I can see Creator in everything. I see now that
it was not me who had been seeking Creator, Creator had been seeking
You don't have to be a born again "Indian", you will be
born again in your faith as you see it in your own reflection....
My life is for the people my father taught me that our lives belong
to the people we are but the hollow reeds that Creator uses to work
here on Earth.
I was born an Indian of a Mother that respected the Earth. My Mother
taught me to sing and dance my dreams into reality, to have courage
and stand in truth for what you believe. The early years of my life
were spent living in the high desert of Nevada. We lived on Ranches
that were isolated from civilization and outside influence. Poor in
the material ways but rich in the spiritual ways and beauty of the land.
From Indian school to white mans schools we traveled, moving every
two years or so. My Father kept his ways even to his death he took them
with him in his silence, the Bear Clan his medicine and healing power.
This he passed to us his children, as with mine some understood some
did not. I always remembered who I was and where I came from it is in
After marriage and the death of my husband I remarried to a white man
and took my daughter to Maine where I raised five more children and
lived in the stark puritan way. I missed the desert and my people -
not a day went by that I did not miss them. Many years have passed and
my children married and one passed into spirit. My Grandchildren are
well and growing into young adults.
Some understand me and some do not but that is the way in this world.
When my husband became ill in 1987 with Cancer I started to speak on
alternative healing. After that first speaking the phone never stopped
ringing and my life seemed to have a way of its own. It was hard to
imagine that what I had learned from my Father and Mother could be of
such interest to others.
For over three years I supported my family while my husband gained
his health. In 1990 I came to speak on the Cattaragus Indian Reservation
in Western N.Y., for the women council. While there I also came to speak
in Lily Dale, a spiritual community. This is where I live now. I never
thought then that I would be living here in New York in Lily Dale, and
traveling all over the world speaking.
It is a life full of changes and uncertainty but also full of wonder
and love. I would not change it or do it any other way, I am truly grateful
for all that Creator has shown me and for all the wonderful people who
come to listen. I am also grateful for Lynn my side half. He is a truly
wonderful and supportive answer to prayer. Standing on this edge of
life at 61 I can but only wonder where the path will take us to next.
Creator takes care of all of us if we but trust and I will continue
to do the work as long as I am here on this Earth. Born a human being
and of the Lakota Nation, Bear clan my Father, from my Mother of the
Southern Cherokee band, she gave me the owl for my protector. Bear and
Owl are my clans. I honor my ancestors, and all my relations. I serve
the people as a humble human being here on this our Earth Mother.
Mitakuye Oyasin Blessing and love,
Waynonaha Two Worlds